|Above, a view of Osaka from Osaka Castle. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
A strong earthquake struck Osaka Prefecture Monday morning, leaving three dead.
The Japan Times reported:
OSAKA – One of the most powerful earthquakes in decades struck the Osaka region Monday morning, leaving at least three people dead and a number of others injured.
The earthquake, measuring a magnitude 6.1 and a lower 6 on the Japanese seismic scale to 7, hit at 7:58 a.m. and occurred at a depth of about 10 km in the northern part of Osaka Prefecture, the Meteorological Agency said. No tsunami warning was issued.
A 9-year-old girl in Takatsuki, Osaka Prefecture, was confirmed dead after being struck by a collapsing wall, while a man in his 80s from Ibaraki, Osaka Prefecture, died after he was crushed by a bookshelf at his home, according to the Osaka Prefectural Government. NHK also said an 80-year-old man in the city of Osaka died after being hit by a falling wall, while a number of other people were also feared dead.
At least eight people were injured and multiple fire incidents have been reported in the city of Osaka, according to local police and city authorities.
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